The Detroit Tigers continued their retribution campaign against the Red Sox on Friday night, beating Boston 5-2 in Comerica Park.
That makes four wins in a row for Detroit over the Sox this season, and this latest victory snapped a five-game skid for the Tigers, while giving the Sox their fourth-consecutive loss. In their last 21 games the Red Sox are an ugly 7-14.
Rubby De La Rosa had his moments in his start last night, but ultimately was inconsistent in his 5.1 innings of work against a tough Tigers lineup. He ended up taking the loss, allowing four runs one nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts. It would be ignorant not to think he won’t have more of these types of starts, but he showed poise in moments that could make lesser, young pitchers buckle.
This offense continues to be extremely frustrating. They made Detroit starter Drew Smyly look outstanding, struggling with his fastballs on the corners, and even over the middle of the plate. Grady Sizemore had a hit in the ninth inning, but he still doesn’t look close to the player he was years ago. It may be time to platoon him, or to just move on.
Xander Bogaerts continues to hit, well compared to the rest of the squad, and put Boston on the board first with an RBI-double. The rest of the lineup should pay attention to his patience at the plate, and I am sure David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia have taken notice at the young shortstop’s approach, perhaps reminding them of how they need to come to the plate every single time.
Tonight we see Jon Lester take on Max Scherzer in one of the best pitching matchups that the MLB can offer. Lester has been dominant as of late and they’ll need seven strong innings from Lester to try and snap this latest losing-streak.